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Thread: JCheckBox in Jtree

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    Default JCheckBox in Jtree

    hi there, i've trying to make a JTree with checkbox but i seriously can't find anywhere how to do it, i already have the code in which i create the tree but i have no idea how to make the JTree to display Checkboxes. How can i do this? how can i implement it to the code? here it is what i have:

    package tests;
    import Principal.DBInfo;
    import java.sql.*;
    import java.util.Enumeration;
    import javax.swing.*;
    import javax.swing.tree.DefaultMutableTreeNode;
    import javax.swing.tree.DefaultTreeModel;
    import javax.swing.tree.TreePath;
    public class MenuTree {
        DBInfo dbi = new DBInfo();
        public MenuTree() {
            // Create the root node, I'm assuming that the delimited strings will have
            // different string value at index 0
            DefaultMutableTreeNode root = new DefaultMutableTreeNode("Menu");
            // Create the tree model and add the root node to it
            DefaultTreeModel model = new DefaultTreeModel(root);
            // Create the tree with the new model
            JTree tree = new JTree(model);
            tree.expandPath(new TreePath(root));
            //Create the scroll pane and add the tree to it.
            JScrollPane treeView = new JScrollPane(tree);
            // UI
            JFrame f = new JFrame();
            f.setSize(300, 300);
            f.setLocation(200, 200);
         * Builds a tree from a given forward slash delimited string.
         * @param model The tree model
         * @param str The string to build the tree from
        private void buildTreeFromString(final DefaultTreeModel model, final String str) {
            // Fetch the root node
            DefaultMutableTreeNode root = (DefaultMutableTreeNode) model.getRoot();
            // Split the string around the delimiter
            String [] strings = str.split("/");
            // Create a node object to use for traversing down the tree as it 
            // is being created
            DefaultMutableTreeNode node = root;
            // Iterate of the string array
            for (String s: strings) {
                // Look for the index of a node at the current level that
                // has a value equal to the current string
                int index = childIndex(node, s);
                // Index less than 0, this is a new node not currently present on the tree
                if (index < 0) {
                    // Add the new node
                    DefaultMutableTreeNode newChild = new DefaultMutableTreeNode(s);
                    node.insert(newChild, node.getChildCount());
                    node = newChild;
                // Else, existing node, skip to the next string
                else {
                    node = (DefaultMutableTreeNode) node.getChildAt(index);
         * Returns the index of a child of a given node, provided its string value.
         * @param node The node to search its children
         * @param childValue The value of the child to compare with
         * @return The index
        private int childIndex(final DefaultMutableTreeNode node, final String childValue) {
            Enumeration<DefaultMutableTreeNode> children = node.children();
            DefaultMutableTreeNode child = null;
            int index = -1;
            while (children.hasMoreElements() && index < 0) {
                child = children.nextElement();
                if (child.getUserObject() != null && childValue.equals(child.getUserObject())) {
                    index = node.getIndex(child);
            return index;
        public void getAndSetTreeFromMenu(DefaultTreeModel model){
                Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection(dbi.getDB_URL(), dbi.getUSER(), dbi.getPW());
                PreparedStatement pst = con.prepareStatement("select * from menu");
                ResultSet rsMenu = pst.executeQuery();
                while (rsMenu.next()){
                    /*agregando menus*/
                    String menuAndItems = rsMenu.getString("menu") + "/";
                    String auxMenu = menuAndItems;
                    pst = con.prepareStatement("select * from submenu where idmenu = ?");
                    pst.setInt(1, rsMenu.getInt("idmenu"));
                    ResultSet rsSubMenu = pst.executeQuery();
                    /*agregando sub menus si existen*/
                    while (rsSubMenu.next()){
                        if (!rsMenu.wasNull()){
                            menuAndItems += rsSubMenu.getString("submenu") + "/";
                            pst = con.prepareStatement("select * from menuitem where idmenu = ? and idsubmenu = ?");
                            pst.setInt(1, rsMenu.getInt("idmenu"));
                            pst.setInt(2, rsSubMenu.getInt("idsubmenu"));
                            ResultSet rsMenuItem = pst.executeQuery();
                            /*agregando items de sub menu si existen*/
                            while (rsMenuItem.next()){
                                String aux = menuAndItems;
                                menuAndItems += rsMenuItem.getString("menuitem");
                                buildTreeFromString(model, menuAndItems);
                                menuAndItems = aux;
                    pst = con.prepareStatement("select * from menuitem where idmenu = ? and idsubmenu is null");
                    pst.setInt(1, rsMenu.getInt("idmenu"));
                    ResultSet rsMenuItem = pst.executeQuery();
                    /*agregando items a menus*/
                        menuAndItems = auxMenu;
                        menuAndItems += rsMenuItem.getString("menuitem");
                        buildTreeFromString(model, menuAndItems);
                }/*fin while principal*/
            }catch(SQLException e){}
        public static void main(String[] args) {
            try {
            catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {}
            catch (InstantiationException e) {}
            catch (IllegalAccessException e) {}
            catch (UnsupportedLookAndFeelException e) {}
            new MenuTree();

    it creates the Tree based of a menu structure in a database, it works fine, however how i said before, i have no idea how to add the checkboxes, can someone help me with that please?

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    You will need to extend the functionality of the JTree to accomplish this by writing your own TreeCellEditor and DefaultMutableTreeNode. Some sample code here and here. Personally, I would go with an existing solution like JIDE rather than rolling out my own.

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    oooh okay, sweet, thank you. I will actually look into JIDE since it seems to be seriously useful and time saving haha i've been spending so much time with the JTree, this thing is a nightmare :/

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